Tag Archives: fitness

Fitness Christmas List!

19 Nov

It’s official.  I am ready for Christmas!

Hot chocolate, cozy fires, taking a few relaxing weeks off of school….I can almost see it!  Only a few weeks stand in the way between us and break.  In the meantime, I have started thinking about my Christmas list, specifically, my dream fitness Christmas list.  Are you listening, Santa? 😉

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I need more running tights!  It is getting way too cold to wear shorts outside (I come back from runs completely frozen!) and these tights are just perfect!

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This Run Happy base layer is just too cute.  It’s pink.  It’s functional.  It’s cute.  I want.

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I am looking for a headband to run in that actually holds my hair back (Hanna and I both have wild hair).  This one is so cute!

As you can see, I am on a Brooks kick right now.  Can I just have everything in the store, please?  I wish 🙂

What’s on your Christmas List?

–The Twins

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Fitness App Love

12 Nov

Hello All!

I have a crazy Tuesday, but I wanted to show you my new favorite thing…the Nike Training Club App!

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I love the 15 minute workouts they give you, and man are they killer!  My abs are sore for DAYS after doing the Core Crunch 🙂

Do you use this app?  What are your favorite quick workouts?

 

 

All About Arms

29 Oct

Hello all!

I don’t know about you, but I have been neglecting my arm workouts, like, big time.  I run and do abs (my favorite ab workout is Cassey’s Victoria Secret Abs video!) but I am slacking in doing weights on a regular basis.

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…which is why I am turning over a new leaf!  As the weather gets colder, I find myself gravitating towards the gym for my morning workouts, so that I can get my cardio in on either the bike or tredmill.  So now, I have started to add weights into my routine, which looks something like this:

*Note:  I use 7.5-10 lb free weights and then set the machines to usually between 40-60 lbs, depending on how I feel

First, I use the Lat Pull Down machine (My trouble area, and therefore my favorite machine to use!).

With the free weights, I lift for quantity and quality, not trying to push myself to use a 20 lb+ weight when I know I can’t lift it.

I also love planks!  Not only do they strengthen the core, but they also provide a great workout for the arms.

How do you build arm strength?

–Haley

New Running Plan!

15 Oct

It’s Tuesday! Today I (Haley) am checking in on the blog with an update on my training. While I am not training for any race in particular, I really want to continue running and be in “training mode” with my workouts. What does my weekly fitness schedule look like, you ask?

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After reading this book (I have no idea why the picture was so blurry) I looked at my weekly schedule and came up with a game plan. Here’s what a week will look like:

Monday–Pilates and Core Day (my active rest day)
Tuesday–Track Workout! This consists of a 10 minute warm up, 4 x 100 meter strides, and 800 x 6 with 90 second Recovery Intervals
Wednesday–Cross Training (aka Spin!) and Core
Thursday–3-5 Mile Run
Friday–Tempo Workout! This consists of a 1 mile warm up, 2 miles at 9 minute pace, and 1 mile cool down
Saturday–5-6 Mile Run
Sunday–Long Run! I will normally do 8-10 miles at regular long run pace

What do you think? How are you training this week?

–The Twins

Haley’s Training Tips

24 Sep

This week marks my last week of training for the half marathon!  Remember when I first started running and I could barely go 3 miles?  Now, I’m running long distances and loving it!  This week is an easy week of running, to prepare my legs for the 13.1 miles that I will run on Sunday (look for my recap post then!).

Today, I am going to share some of the tips I have learned along that way–it’s been quite a journey!

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Tip #1:  If you are running more than 6 miles, take water with you!  I use a nifty Fuel Belt system that keeps everything in place for me.

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Tip #2:  Don’t get discouraged if you have a bad day.  There are plenty of times when I am just not feeling in the “groove”.  When that happens, I either shorten my run and instead do Pilates or another activity.  Staying active is what counts!

Tip #3:  Practice for Race Day.  I am picking out my outfit, packing my post-race bag and going on a small run/walk the day before to simulate the real deal.  That way, I can feel prepared.

Tip #4:  Use fuel and get to know your body.  I figured out that I run faster with the jolt of energy that comes from Hammer Gel (the Espresso flavor is life-changing).  Everyone is different, so find out what works for you and go for it!

Tip #5:  No matter what happens, have fun!  I try to stay positive as much as possible, so whether I am on a training run, or when I run this race come Sunday, I am going to enjoy every minute.  It may not be easy, but I have logged over 283 training miles for this race, which is an accomplishment on its own 🙂

Do you have any race day or training tips?

–The Twins

New Things for TwinEats and Let’s Workout!

20 Aug

Hey Everyone!

What a weekend we had!  Hanna is all settled at school and we made some exciting new changes to the blog!  There is nothing going on with the format or logo yet (that is to come), but we have settled on a plan about how we can create quality, interesting posts for our lovely readers (YOU!) to enjoy.  We came up with a schedule that will highlight what we think makes up healthy living, which is what we are all about.  On a weekly basis, expect to see workout highlights, food ideas, professional tips, a feature or two and a weekly round up to end the week right!

Today (aka Tuesday), its all about fitness!

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NEW SHOES!  Nothing makes us more excited than new running shoes, right?  Haley’s shoes are shown above, but Hanna got some really cute Asics too! #asicslove

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This weekend, I (Haley) had a great 10k run along the beach!  There were so many runners, which was very encouraging when I was getting tired.  My half marathon training is really ramping up–my long run is 9 miles this upcoming weekend!  I have a question for all you runners out there too–when I get close to the end of my long runs, my toes go numb and start to intensely hurt (as in, I-want-to-cut-my-foot-off-kind-of-hurt!).  Is it just fatigue?  Let me know in the comments below if you have had any experience dealing with foot issues 🙂

This week, the goal is to work on core work.  Some of my favorite core workouts include this one from Kenzie, and this one from Blogilates!

Enjoy your Tuesday and let us know how you are staying active today!

Workout Gear Obsession

22 Jun

Hello!

We wanted to pop in for a quick post on this lovely Saturday afternoon.  The sun decided to show its face today which was both unexpected and totally appreciated! This mornin’ we went on a 3 mile run/walk, had SUPER strong coffee, and completed some random errands.  Working full time during the week means that Saturday becomes the “catch-all” day for getting everything else done!

We are OBSESSED with workout gear.  For the past few weeks we have been glued to the Health and Fitness category of Pinterest looking for running inspiration and lets be honest, new workout gear 🙂

Here are a few of our favorites.  We may or may not have made a detour to Sports Authority to check out some of these gems:

 

 

 

All Nike, all the time! Check out our Run for Life board on Pinterest for more inspiration.

Check back tomorrow for a recap of our first week following our Terrific 21 plan!

–The Twins